True to form, Lewis Hamilton has contradicted Martin Brundle’s assertions that the Race Stewards are currently being too lenient in meting out driver penalties for on-track incidents.

How typical!

The former Grand Prix driver and acclaimed BBC commentator wrote in his BBC column that both Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton should have been punished – as opposed to slapped with a feather reprimanded – for their contretemps in the Chinese Grand Prix pit lane.

He also added that Jenson Button should have been slapped with a penalty for unnecessarily – and dangerously, we will add – slowing the pack behind the Safety Car.

Brundle argued that Hamilton and Vettel should have been punished more harshly

Speaking from a sponsor event in South Africa, Lewis heaped praise on the stewards panel – which has featured a different former racing driver on its panel at each event so far, as part of an initiative by the FIA to improve consistency in the Stewards’ group’s decision-making.

"Racing stewards this year have been the most lenient best that I have probably experienced in Formula One, I think,” he said.

Hamilton was lucky not to be punished for weaving

Despite protests from fellow drivers that his driving at the Malaysian Grand Prix (where he weaved in front of Vitaly Petrov along the main straight) was dangerous, Lewis was incredibly not penalised for his unsporting driving just over a fortnight ago.

"More racing has been out there,” he continued. “You know there are drivers who are [now] not afraid to have a real battle with someone without having the worry of receiving the penalty.”

At the risk of driver safety and a sense of fair play, it seems, Lewis…

[Images via GP Update and Bruno Mantovani]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.